Opposition demands Ford explain firing at OPG, divulge severance cost - 2018-11-13
Opposition members at the Ontario Legislature are calling on Premier Doug Ford to explain the role his office played in the ouster of a Crown corporation executive and how much it will cost the public purse.
In Question Period on Tuesday, Opposition members asked Mr. Ford why his chief of staff intervened to get an executive at Ontario Power Generation fired. The Globe and Mail revealed this week that Dean French, the Premier's chief of staff, asked OPG chair Bernard Lord to fire Alykhan Velshi on his first day on the job. Mr. Velshi previously served as chief of staff to former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown.
The revelation came as Mr. Ford faces growing questions about a spate of personnel decisions. On Tuesday, a former senior Tory staffer who was pushed out of his job last week hired a lawyer, who announced plans to take "all steps necessary" to defend his client's reputation.